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May 26, 2012

Awesome: First Commercial Space Capsule Docks With International Space Station

Little kids' imaginations were not really about NASA.

They were always about the next step: When spaceflight was so common it became a commercial venture.

One small step for a man...

A new first was achieved today (May 26) when astronauts on the International Space Station opened the door to their newest spacecraft visitor, the private capsule Dragon.

It's slightly mad to build a private spacecraft simply to prove you can do so.

But it's such madnesses that advance the world into new directions.

The Wright Brothers were mad, too. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were kind of mad hobbyists -- who the hell really needs a computer at home?

Crazy stuff, and it will never, ever find any sort of traction in society, except for some nutty people who want to jerk around with it as a hobby.

Except... that's not what happened.

Now I think that spaceflight is even more crazy than those two things, but then, it's not the guy who says "What's the point? Let's not do anything" who winds up in the history books.

Video of the moment -- which I think is actually more important than the moon landing -- at Hot Air.


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